05/01/2014 10:36 EDT | Updated 07/01/2014 05:59 EDT

Newfoundland and Labrador nurses to receive pay hikes in last two years of deal

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - The union that represents about 5,700 registered nurses in Newfoundland and Labrador has reached a four-year tentative agreement with the provincial government.

The deal would see salaries frozen for the first two years followed by annual increases of two per cent and three per cent.

The nurses would also receive a signing bonus of $1,400.

Debbie Forward, the president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Nurses' Union, is recommending members accept the deal.

Forward says a ratification vote will be held in the coming weeks.